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Jul 12, 2019

Nearly 80% of Plymouth parents say cost prevents children from participating in outdoor activities

Parents want children to spend more time outdoors during the summer holidays and call for more cost-effective options

A new study has revealed that 79% of parents in Plymouth believe there aren’t enough low-cost activities available for children during the summer holidays, leading to more children spending fewer hours outside.

In research commissioned by Great British Racing for its ‘Under 18s Race Free’ campaign, it was found that parents in the city are becoming increasingly concerned with the sedentary lifestyle of their children, with 77% of parents wanting their children to spend more time outdoors during the school holidays.

The majority of outdoor activities on offer, however, are considered to be too expensive, with live sporting events highlighted as being particularly pricey – 73% of parents have been put off taking their children to live sport because of the cost of the ticket, while 77% of parents surveyed do not take their children to live sport at all.

Great British Racing ambassador, and parent of two, Tess Daly commented, “As a parent, the school holidays provide the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with your children, yet finding activities that are stimulating, healthy and affordable can be a challenge. As a child my parents went out of their way to take me to live sport and I do the same for my kids now – there’s nothing better than a day at the races. As well as the thrill of the racing, the kids are able to run around in the fresh air and there are plenty of activities for them too, from having their faces painted to meeting race horses.”

Tess recently visited a racehorse training yard to see the preparation that goes into getting horses ready for the races.

Tess is promoting Great British Racing’s unique ‘Under 18s Race Free’ offering through which accompanied under 18s are admitted free of charge at the vast majority of race fixtures throughout the UK when accompanied by an adult. Newton Abbot is only a 40-minute drive from Plymouth and will host seven race meetings during the summer including a Family Day on 21st July, providing a range of free experiences for under 18s.

Patrick Masterson, Managing Director at Newton Abbot Racecourse added: “Newton Abbot Racecourse proudly supports Great British Racing in targeting Under 18’s to come free to racecourses. It is imperative that racecourses encourage the racegoers of the future to enjoy great days out at the racecourse. The thrill of the horse and jockey in pure motion will hopefully spark their enthusiasm so that they want to come again and tell their friends of the enjoyment. We look forward to welcoming families over the summer and year-round.”

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